As much as some would like it to disappear, the issue of electoral reform remains for Virginia Beach. The New Journal & Guide, South Hampton Roads' weekly African-American newspaper, ran this story http://www.njournalg.com/BeachVotersChallengeElectionSystem.htm
Okay, two glaring factual errors in the story:
1. It gets the number of City Council members wrong.
2. You can't single-shot this cycle, as only one at-large seat is up.
Two things the story misses on:
1. Even bigger than the Norfolk court case is the possibility of Barack Obama winning in November. The former civil rights lawyer would have a Democratic Congress to create all the new statutory authority he needs to have voting systems like Virginia Beach's struck down.
2. A cumulative voting system for Virginia Beach would add diversity to City Council while negating every publicly stated reason I've heard for maintaining at-large voting.
The story mentions the 2011 Redistricting process. I drafted 2 of the 7 plans in 2001. If the 2011 process started tomorrow, I'd submit a six district plan and an eight district plan on day one.